Dear sisters & brothers,
Peace, love and joy of Christ be upon you!
The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Klang, has come a long way since the construction of the Church way back in 1928. This year we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of this Church and we give thanks and praise to God Almighty for those who have toiled in building this community of faith. We remember all clergy and leaders of the past for their involvement in the life of the Church. We thank God for the availability of current leaders who have a passion for Christ and for serving His people.
As we focus on the theme given by the Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Team (PMPT), Be Disciples of Hope, let us be people of the light and a beacon of hope to our neighbours. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer had asked Jesus, ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Jesus then narrated the parable and asked which of the three (Priest, Levite, Samaritan) was a neighbour to the wounded man. The man replied, ‘He who had shown mercy on him.’(Samaritan) Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
We are called to emulate the Good Samaritan who showed mercy and gave hope to the wounded man. I, therefore, urge you to step out of your comfort zone and be the person you are called to be. In doing so, let us remember the source of our hope, Jesus Christ. In our effort of reaching out to others, let us also be conscious of our spiritual nourishment, and be faithful to daily prayer, and encountering Jesus in the Sacraments.
For 2018, the Parish Council has adopted the theme ONENESS AS CHURCH & FAMILY. We, therefore, urge all BECs and Ministries to have this theme in mind as you plan your activities, bridging the gap of disparity and forging unity and ultimately heeding the call of the church to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic in nature. Let us then draw our strength from the Trinitarian God, who embodies the Oneness, that we may truly strive to be one in mind and heart, as church and family, in bringing hope to those who are hopeless.
To this end, we ask Our Lady of Lourdes, the symbol of oneness with God, to pray for us.
Yours in Christ
Rev Fr Frederick Joseph